From John Bishop to a Bongo's Bingo Christmas special, here's what's happening
The weekend is here, and we're another week closer to Christmas, hoorays all round. So we've rounded up the best of this weekend's action, including John Bishop live at DWTC, the return of Santa Shuffle, a Bongo's Bingo Christmas special, and a truly unique GIF-based augmented reality art installation in City Walk. Sounds intriguing, right? Scroll through the gallery above to find your weekend plans.
Atlantis festive fun Head over to Atlantis to enjoy tasty treats. Children can join in with activities such as glitter tattoo-making, gingerbread house crafting and sand art. There is even a chocolate river. Free. Daily 10am-10pm. Until Mon Jan 8, 2018, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2000).
Bongo’s Bingo Christmas special Dubai’s bingo phenomenon returns for a festive special tonight (Thursday December 14). Promising an “unforgettable night”, you can expect the usual dose of turbo-charged fun, lots of singing, plenty of dancing and, of course, a massive game of bingo. Dhs100. Thu Dec 14, 8pm-3am. ON42, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City, dubai.platinumlist.net.
BOUNCE's massive Christmas party A festive party of epic proportions is nearly upon us.
BOUNCE in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Al Ain will simultaneously host their After Dark Snowfest parties on Thursday December 14.
’Tis the season for kids and adults alike to go wild, have fun and let loose, after all, and what better way to do so then while jumping on a trampoline in a truckload of “snow”, alongside dozens of other partygoers? Expect flashing lights and pumping beats played by the DJs across all three venues.
DJs FOXXY and Nuff Said will get you jumping in Abu Dhabi, while in DJs Flippside and Leo are on the decks in Dubai. In Al Ain, the tunes will be provided by DJ Brendan, with the music kicking off from 8.15pm.
There will also be a visit from the big man himself, bringing the festive cheer to kids (and even bigger kids).
BOUNCE’s After Dark Snowfest promises to be an awesome party like no other you’ve experienced. And if you don’t believe us, check out this footage.
The night will cost revellers Dhs80 per hour at each of the three venues, but if you plan to stay for all four, there’s a VIP package price that will make the party all the more popping.
Pay Dhs280 at each of the venues and your exclusive VIP pass will give you access to a separate queue, free access to a dedicated VIP room, a silicon wrist band, a glow stick and a free pass to return to BOUNCE whenever you like.
So round up your mates and head down to BOUNCE Dubai, BOUNCE Al Ain or BOUNCE Abu Dhabi, and get involved in a fantastic night out to ring in the festive season. Dhs80 (per hour), Dhs280 (VIP pass). Thu Dec 14, 8.15pm-12.15am. BOUNCE Dubai, Al Quoz, www.bounce.ae/christmas (04 321 1400).
BurJuman Winter Wonderland Head to BurJuman this Christmas for A Very Brr…Juman Winter. The mall has been transformed into a huge festive spectacular, complete with seasonal décor, activities, snowball fights and even artificial snowfall in the snow park. The centrepiece is an 8.4 metre-tall tower made up of 1,000 teddy bears in the main atrium. All the bears will be given away to lucky shoppers, so don’t miss the chance to take home your very own Christmas memory. From 3pm until 10pm, head over to the mall’s main atrium and check out the winter village, where you’ll also see a flurry of snow falling every 30 minutes. Free. Daily 3pm-10pm. Until Sat Jan 6, BurJuman, Bur Dubai, www.burjuman.com.
Check out brand-new steakhouse STK There’s a brand-new steakhouse in town, and it’s in JBR.
Carnivores will love STK JBR The Walk, which threw open its doors at this start of this month (Friday December 1) at the Rixos Premium Dubai, at JBR.
The restaurant, which is part of a global chain, is the first STK within the Middle East. There’s due to be a second outlet opening Downtown soon, too.
“The high-energy dining and drinks venue offers the ultimate blend of food-meets-party, bringing an all-new experience to Dubai,” says the team behind it.
“Far from your standard steakhouse, STK JBR’s resident DJ takes the decks each night, meaning there’s no shortage of dancing after, or over, dinner. Whether you’re looking to enjoy a classy evening among friends, a quiet meal with the better half or a group get together, this little gem has you sorted.”
Interiors are chic and minimal, STK is set over 13,000 sq feet, including a lounge, dining area and a terrace, and can house 220 diners.
The American chain already has branches in Las Vegas, New York and London, and is famous for its top-notch steaks. Classic steakhouse options on the menu have had a modern makeover, with the various cuts of beef, including fillets, tenderloin, rib-eye, T-bone and Tomahawk, undoubtedly the stars of the show. There are also burgers and braised beef short rib being served up, with sides including Parmesan truffle fries and mac ‘n’ cheese.
Plus there are plenty of seafood dishes too, for non-red meat eaters, including soft shell crab sliders, scallop carpaccio and passion fruit miso black cod.
Jingle bells favourites at Dubai opera Love a good old festive song? This one is for you. The London Concert Orchestra Show Band, Capital Voices and West End soloists perform massive festive hits including All I Want For Christmas, It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, Jingle Bells, Winter Wonderland and Jingle Bell Rock. All together now... From Dhs135. Dec 14-16. Times vary. Dubai Opera, Dowtown Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com.
John Bishop live in Dubai Liverpudlian funnyman John Bishop is back in Dubai this week – on Thursday December 14. Bishop last appeared in the city in 2014, and will be bringing his 2017 live show Winging It to the Dubai World Trade Centre for a one-night only event as part of the DXBLaughs series. “I’m very much looking forward to being back in Dubai – there really is nothing like performing stand-up in front of a live audience,” he said. Don’t miss it. From Dhs250. 7pm-11pm, Thu December 14. Tickets available from www.dxblaughs.ae.
Lima’s new brunch If you love ceviche and anticucho, then head to the brand-new brunch at Peruvian restaurant LIMA Dubai. The Peruvian Expedition offers up a five-course menu showcasing a selection of signature dishes. Dhs325 (soft drinks), Dhs450 (house beverages), Dhs550 (bubbly). Fri noon-4pm. The Square, City Walk, Al Safa Street (056 500 4571).
Santa Shuffle returns The Santa Shuffle is back! The massive 15-hour bar tour will be taking place today. The tour will take you to three of the city’s pubs – Jekyll & Hyde, The Scene and Mr Miyagi’s, kicking off at 11am with breakfast butties at Jekyll & Hyde. You’ll get 15 vouchers for food and drink and a Santa outfit, too. Dhs499. Fri Dec 15, 11am-2am. Starting at Jekyll & Hyde, Al Fattan Currency House, DIFC, firstname.lastname@example.org (04 420 7489).
Seafood date at The Atlantic Dubai Take a seat on the terrace of The Atlantic Dubai and enjoy a pot of mussels, a dozen oysters and a bottle of sparkling grape. Romantic. Dhs199. Sat 2pm-11pm. Ongoing. Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai (04 442 5662).
XLine Dubai Marina Bookings are now open for the long-awaited, and hugely anticipated XLine Dubai Marina, on which you’ll travel 1km at speeds of up to 80kph across the water. From Dhs650. Sun-Thu 10am-6pm, Fri-Sat 10am-7pm. Ongoing. Dubai Marina, www.xdubai.com/xline.